VTJP News & Articles 4 October 2012: Empire trapped: US role in a new Middle East

4 October 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Soldiers Invade Tulkarem, Jenin And Hebron; Clashes Reported
IMEMC – Israeli soldiers invaded, on Thursday at dawn, several areas in the northern West Ban districts on Tulkarem, Jenin and Hebron, broke into several homes and buildings leading to clashes with dozens of local youths, injuries were reported. …

Israel Rejects Settlers Claim Of Purchasing Hebron Home
IMEMC – The Israeli Civil Administration Office in the occupied West Bank decided not to grant a group of settlers a permit to purchase a Palestinian home near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank city of Hebron. The settlers occupied Al-Rajabi six months ago, and claimed that they purchased it from its owners. … 

Detained Legislator Facing Deteriorating Health Condition
IMEMC – The family of Sheikh Hasan Yousef, an elected Palestinian Legislator of the Change and Reform Bloc of the Hamas movement, stated that Yousef is facing a deteriorating health condition in an Israeli prison. …

Ma’an News

Israeli tour of Al-Aqsa compound sparks clash
10/4/2012 – JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in Jerusalem’s Old City clashed with a Jewish group touring the holy site on Thursday, officials said. The Al-Aqsa Foundation for the Islamic Waqf and Heritage said around 140 Israelis toured the mosque, sparking physical and verbal scuffles with Muslims praying at the….

Witnesses: Bomb explodes in central Gaza cafe
10/4/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — An explosive device was detonated in a cafe in the central Gaza Strip refugee camp Jabaliya on Thursday, witnesses told Ma’an. There were no reports of injury in the apparent bombing of the al-Rabea cafe, but the explosion caused material damage. The cafe-owner told the Palestinian Center for….

Jordanian premier signs trade deal in Ramallah
10/4/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Jordanian Prime Minister Fayez Tarawneh signed a number of trade deals with the Palestinian Authority on Thursday, during a brief trip to the West Bank, official media reported. The most important is a free trade agreement between the countries, Palestinian Authority premier Salam Fayyad told reporters after the signing ceremony in….

Gaza crossing closed as workers protest treatment
10/4/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) The Erez crossing crossing into the Gaza Strip was closed Thursday as Palestinian transport workers went on strike in protest of mistreatment by Gaza security forces. Merchants and patients were stranded at the crossing from early in the morning, a Ma’an reporter said. The striking workers, members of….

Israel frees Hamas lawmaker after 16 months
10/4/2012 – NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities released a Hamas-affiliated lawmaker on Thursday after he was held without charge for 16 months. Ahmad al-Hajj Ali 74, was detained by Israeli forces in June 2011, from his home in Ein Beit El-Mai refugee camp west of Nablus. He was held in administrative detention, and was on hunger….

Taxi driver hands himself in after hitting Israeli army vehicle
10/4/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A 52-year-old Palestinian taxi driver handed himself in to police after hitting an Israeli army vehicle and fleeing the scene, Israeli media reported. Jabr Adnan hit a military vehicle south of Bethlehem on Tuesday, injuring four soldiers. Adnan said he struck the vehicle by accident and fled because he was….

Army: Gaza rocket hits south Israel, no injuries
10/4/2012 – BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel on Thursday evening, an Israeli army spokesman said. The projectile landed in Hosh Ashkelon Regional Council without causing damage or injuries, he said. [END]

Palestinian UN status likely to be debated in November
10/4/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The United Nations is likely to hold a debate on whether to upgrade the Palestinians’ UN status to a sovereign country in mid-November — after the US election, the president of the 193-member UN General Assembly said Wednesday. Having failed last year to win recognition of full statehood at the United….

Mashaal: Region has entered ‘new era’
10/4/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal on Wednesday called for an end to negotiations with Israel and said the region had entered a “new era.” “It’s time to turn the table on those who wanted us as slaves,” Mashaal said during a speech at a festival in Cairo marking the….

Israel charges Palestinian with spying for Hezbollah
10/4/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — A 26-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel was charged Thursday with spying for Hezbollah, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported. Milad Khatib met with a Hezbollah agent named Barhan several times between 2007 and 2009 in Denmark. Khatib answered questions on the damage caused by missiles attacks on Israeli towns….

US imposes sanctions on Lebanese charities with Hamas ties
10/4/2012 – WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The United States on Thursday imposed financial penalties on two Lebanese charities that fundraise for Hamas, an effort by the Obama administration to disrupt the Islamist group’s activities. The US Treasury added the two Beruit-based charities, Al-Waqfiya and Al-Quds International Foundation, to its list of entities hit with asset freezes. It….

Egypt detains 3 Palestinians in Sinai
10/4/2012EL-ARISH, Egypt (Ma’an) — Egyptian authorities on Thursday detained three Palestinian students who entered Sinai through tunnels from Gaza, security sources said. Egyptian security officials told Ma’an the students were detained at a checkpoint in north Sinai and admitted under questioning that they entered through tunnels. They told police they wanted to….

PA asks Google to block anti-Islam video
10/4/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The Palestinian Authority minister of justice has asked Google to block an anti-Islam video that sparked worldwide protests, his ministry announced on Thursday. Ali Muhanna sent an official message to Google saying the clip breaches Palestinian law against offending religious sensibilities. Google has refused to remove the film from YouTube, despite….

Israel says Syrian mortar strike was attack on NATO
10/4/2012 – PARIS (Reuters) — Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor said on Thursday a deadly Syrian mortar strike on a Turkish town had to be considered an attack on a member of the NATO alliance. Israel is technically at war with Damascus and occupies the Golan Heights that it seized in the 1967 war and….

Palestine in 2013 without Abbas or Mashaal?
10/4/2012 – Daoud Kuttab – The Palestinian leadership seems to be on the verge of change. It is very likely that this will be the last year that Palestine will be led by the PLO’s Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas‘ Khalid Mashaal. Abbas announced over a year ago that he does not plan to run for….

Judicial council warns PA minister overreaching role
10/4/2012 – RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — The High Judicial Council on Thursday said it had not approved a government proposal to hand Justice Minister Ali Muhanna the duties of the attorney-general. The previous attorney-general of the Palestinian Authority, Ahmad al-Mughani, stood down in August. The council criticized PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for approving the for judicial….

Thousands join Islamic Jihad rally in Gaza
10/4/2012GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Tens of thousands of Islamic Jihad supporters gathered in al-Kateba square in Gaza City on Thursday to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the movement’s founding. The event also marked the 17th anniversary of the assassination of Islamic Jihad’s founder Fathi al-Shiqaqi. Islamic Jihad secretary-general Ramadan Shallah….

Turkey asks UN Security Council to act after Syria attack
10/4/2012 – UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — Turkey on Wednesday asked the UN Security Council to take the “necessary action” to stop Syrian aggression and ensure that Syria respect its territorial sovereignty after a mortar bomb fired from Syria killed five Turkish civilians.” This is an act of aggression by Syria against Turkey,” Turkish UN Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan said….

Syrian rebels kill 21 elite soldiers in Damascus suburbs
10/4/2012 – BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian rebels killed 21 elite Republican Guards on Thursday in an ambush on an army minibus in a suburb northwest of Damascus, opposition activists said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights quoted a medical source and witnesses as saying the troops had been killed in Qudsayya, which has been shelled by forces loyal….

For Kuwait’s next ruler, family peace most urgent priority
10/4/2012 – KUWAIT (Reuters) — When Kuwait’s next ruler takes power he will need to reassure competing factions in the Al-Sabah dynasty that he is protecting their interests and maintaining stability, making progress toward democratic reforms unlikely, at least at the beginning. Current ruler Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, 83, has resisted opposition demands for more policy-making….

Media watchdog accuses Iran of intimidating journalists
10/4/2012 – LONDON (Reuters) — A leading media watchdog has accused Iran of trying to cow journalists into silence and self-censorship, adding to international pressure on Tehran over its treatment of activists and the press. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said Tehran, which is facing tough international economic sanctions over its nuclear program, was also trying….

Opposition: Sudan’s deal with South will not end conflict
10/4/2012 – KHARTOUM (Reuters) — Sudan and South Sudan will remain locked in conflict despite reaching a border security deal last week because they do not trust each other enough to resolve their biggest disputes, leading Sudanese opposition figure Hassan al-Turabi said. The two African countries have been wrangling over contested areas along the border and other issues….

Afghanistan imposes currency curbs in response to Iran rial dive
10/4/2012 – HERAT, Afghanistan (Reuters) — Afghanistan has imposed a cap on US dollar flows across the border with Iran amid clashes there between Iranian police and protesters prompted by a collapse in the rial currency, Afghan police said on Thursday. The Iranian currency’s plunge has also jolted traders in the western Afghan business hub of….

Morocco denies entry to Dutch ‘abortion ship’
10/4/2012 – RABAT, Morocco (Reuters) — Morocco blocked a Dutch “abortion ship” from entering one of its harbors on Thursday during a campaign group’s first attempt to visit to a Muslim country to raise awareness about safe methods of abortion. The Women on Waves ship, which already has visited traditionally Roman Catholic countries Spain, Portugal and….

Egypt, Arab League criticize Syria over Turkey incident
10/4/2012 – CAIRO (Reuters) — Egypt and the Cairo-based Arab League criticized Syria on Thursday for a mortar bomb that landed in Turkey, killing civilians and provoking a military response, saying the incident could endanger the whole region. Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamal Amr said Syria should stop bloodshed on its own soil and called on it not….

Iraq sentences Palestinian-American to life in prison
10/4/2012 – BAGHDAD (Reuters) — A US citizen of Palestinian origin convicted of links with al-Qaida has been sentenced to life in prison by an Iraqi court, a copy of the ruling showed on Thursday. Omar Rashad Khalil was arrested in 2010 and accused of helping finance and execute “terrorist operations” inside Iraq, according to the ruling, a….

Jordan’s Islamists to march, angry at slow reform
10/4/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Jordan’s main Islamist opposition is preparing to flex its muscles in a march on Friday that could be its biggest demonstration since Arab Spring-inspired protests last year against the slow pace of political reform. The “Friday to Rescue the Nation” rally called by the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition party, in….

Jordan’s King Abdullah dissolves parliament ahead of elections
10/4/2012 – AMMAN (Reuters) — Jordan’s King Abdullah on Thursday dissolved the country’s pro-government rubber stamp parliament, a constitutional move to pave the way for elections expected early next year. The announcement was made on the eve of a rally organized by the main Islamist opposition, the Muslim Brotherhood, which is hoping to stage….

US investigators visit Libya compound where ambassador killed
10/4/2012 – BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) — A team of US investigators traveled to the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday to visit the compound where the US ambassador was killed in an attack last month, Libyan security sources said. FBI agents were dispatched to Libya after the Sept. 11 assault on the US diplomatic mission and on….

Palestine News Network

Israeli Policy of Storming, Searching Prisoners’ Rooms at Israeli Jails is Permanent
Palestine News Network

1200 Settlers Break into Joseph Tomb, Confrontations Launched with Young Palestinians
Palestine News Network

Confrontations Launched between Young Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers at Qalandiya Checkpoint
Palestine News Network

Palestine in 2013 without Abbas or Mashaal
Palestine News Network

Hebrew Source: Israel Uncovers Palestinian Spy Working for Hezbollah
Palestine News Network

Erekat: Israeli Occupation Must Not Continue Without Accountability
Palestine News Network

A Palestinian Family Members Killed in Syria
Palestine News Network

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

With the Participation of the IADL Executive Committee, PCHR Concludes the Second Session of Its Seminar on Accountabili…
Palestinian Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

The National

Iran regime fears widespread chaos over rial collapse
The National 4 Oct 2012 – Islamic Republic faces economic meltdown as sanctions over nuclear programme hit hard. Analysis by Michael Theodoulou 

Romney’s performance adds life to the Grand Old Party
The National 4 Oct 2012 – Mitt Romney’s impressive performance in the first US presidential debate means his can no longer be called a spent race. Omar Karmi reports from Washington. 

Note to Obama: it’s not 2008 all over again
The National 4 Oct 2012 – Mo’s Bar was overflowing with Brooklynites who had come to watch Barack Obama spar with Mitt Romney, and perhaps once again catch the infectious spirit of 2008. But inspiration was hard to come by. Taimur Khan reports from New York 

Turkey passes bill for military action
The National 4 Oct 2012 – Turkey yesterday delivered a strong military warning to Syria after the deaths of five Turkish civilians in cross-border shelling, but assured Damascus it was not seeking all-out war.

First UAE banknotes and other rare currencies fetch Dh2.7m at auction
The National 4 Oct 2012 – At least four of the bidders at the London auction were from the UAE, including Sharjah dealer Ahmed Mohammed Nasir, who said he bought ‘a lot of notes’.

Islah ‘does not represent UAE interests’
The National 4 Oct 2012 – FNC, local analysts and minister respond to opinion article written by the head of Islah, alleging that its members have persecuted.

Golden rules for climbing RAK’s treacherous Stairway
The National 4 Oct 2012 – Common-sense advice has taken on new urgency after a British Emirates Airline pilot fell from the treacherous route in Ras Al Khaimah’s Hajar Mountains this week.

Men bucking the trend at Ajman University
The National 4 Oct 2012 – Despite a national shortage of male Emirati social workers, one university has enrolled about 130 in just one year.

Turkish village mourns family killed by Syrian mortars
The National 4 Oct 2012 – The children had come to their front gate, perhaps out of curiosity, after the first explosion and two women were just behind them in the courtyard of the house. 

Gold thieves wanted by Interpol are arrested by Sharjah police
The National 4 Oct 2012 – A gang of gold thieves hunted by Interpol for the past six years have been arrested by Sharjah police.


Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court: Jews should be allowed to pray on Temple Mount
Ha’aretz – 4 Oct 2012

Defense Minister Barak, ex-Kadima chair Livni meet, discuss political matters
Ha’aretz – 4 Oct 2012

Temple Mount Faithful: From the fringes to the mainstream
Ha’aretz – 4 Oct 2012

Israel charges Arab man with spying for Hezbollah
Ha’aretz – 4 Oct 2012

012: Compare and contrast
Ha’aretz – 4 Oct 2012

Barring of non-residents from Modi’in park sparks confrontations
Ha’aretz – 4 Oct 2012

Civil Administration rejects purchase of contested Hebron house by Jewish settlers
Ha’aretz – 4 Oct 2012

NGOs to court: Prohibit mass imprisonment of Sudanese migrants
Ha’aretz – 4 Oct 2012

Haifa man suspected of molesting at least seven youths
Ha’aretz – 3 Oct 2012

Dozens of Syrians assemble by the border with Israel
Ha’aretz – 3 Oct 2012

Jerusalem Post

TA to sign int’l bike charter at cycling event
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Mayor Ron Huldai to kick off the Sovev Tel Aviv-Jaffa bike racing day by signing Charter of Brussels covenant. 

Swiss slammed for forgoing EU Iran sanctions
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Critics slam Bern government after Geneva-based oil company Vitol sells millions of barrels of Iranian oil.

Turkey and Syria
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – From Israel’s point of view, regime change in Syria and a warming of ties with Turkey would be welcome developments. 

Ups and downs at Limmud FSU St. Petersburg
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – A project which addresses educational and cultural issues, seeks to strengthen the identity and the connection of its participants to Judaism. 

Israel, Palestinians cooperate on Gaza Internet
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – For two days, Israel and PALTEL worked together to lay 15 optical cables to provide Gaza high-speed Internet service. 

Analysis: Failure to communicate
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Obama’s usually-robust ability to communicate proved his greatest shortcoming in the first presidential debate. 

Savir’s Corner: A new United Nations is needed
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – The world is numb listening to useless addresses in an organization that has become ineffective in dealing with today’s global challenges. 

A game of musical chairs
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – How many times during these 14 days will the prime minister decide to call early elections and then change his mind? And again decide, and change his mind again. 

‘Netanyahu’s mind made up on calling early election’
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Politicians who spoke to prime minister say he has decided to seek February 12 elections; Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin says Knesset should be dissolved at start of winter session on October 15. 

Faceless on Facebook
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Journalists should embrace new media, even if the future of their profession is still uncertain. 

Three Israeli universities amongst world’s top 200
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and Technion ranked in ‘Times Higher Education’ top 200 world universities. 

Slippery slopes and red lines
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Will the government define and firmly implement new red lines, and moreover – will we, the Israeli people, allow them to do so by demonstrating resilience and strength? 

Turkish parliament okays use of force in Syria
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Ankara approves military action against Syria following deadly mortar strike; move seen as act of deterrence, not aggression. 

Jordan’s king dissolves parliament before elections
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – King Abdullah under pressure to speed pace of reform issues decree on eve of major Islamist protest. 

UN scrambles to defuse Turkey-Syria tensions
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Sec.-Gen. Ban “alarmed by escalating tensions”; UN Security Council reaches agreement on statement condemning attack. 

Free Gaza group: Zionists ran concentration camps
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Group’s head Tweets: “Zionists operated the concentration camps and helped murder millions of innocent Jews.” 

Temple Mount briefly closed, nine arrested
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Confrontations between Muslim and Jewish worshipers cause police to close the holy site for visitors 10 minutes early. 

US sanctions 2 Lebanese charities with Hamas ties
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Unclear whether Beruit-based charities, Al-Waqfiya and Al-Quds International Foundation, hold US assets. 

Former Fatah commander accuses PA of torture
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – After being being held by PA for 5 months in connection to death of Jenin governor, Zubeidi says PA illegally abducted him. 

Off the Beaten Track: For Christians and Jews alike
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – The archeological site of Migdal in the Galilee has a rich historical background and connections to Judaism and Christianity. 

Facebook reaches 1 billion monthly active users
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – As the social network reaches a milestone number of users it faces new challenges in generating revenue from the mobile market. 

Shin Bet nabs alleged Hezbollah spy living in North
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – State indicts Majd el-Kurum resident for collecting information on army bases, President Peres’s security details. 

‘EU poised to agree on ban of Iranian gas imports’
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Diplomats preparing package of sanctions against Iran with goal of formally adopting them at FM meeting. 

Police arrest crack team of burglars in Rishon
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Missile developer, computer engineer and security guard are suspected of carrying out a wave of top dollar heists. 

Police arrest six over clashes on Temple Mount
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Five Arabs detained for attempted assault against police officer, one Jew nabbed for refusing to obey police orders. 

Chinese leadership faces challenges
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – The world’s second largest economy is slowing down and it is unclear how the country will cope. 

Turkey hits back at Syria, vows to protect borders
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Ankara seeks parliamentary approval for foreign military operations after a mortar shell kills five in Turkish border town. 

‘Several Syrian soldiers killed in Turkish bombardment’
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Turkish security sources say retaliatory strikes against Syrian border district continuing; Ankara asks UN Security Council to stop Syrian aggression after mortar fire from Syria kills 5 Turks. 

‘Mea She’arim not enforcing gender separation’
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Yeshivot along J’lem thoroughfare upholding conditions required by High Court of Justice last year, police say. 

J’lem bike ride raises money for disabled kids
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Hospital fund-raising ride in Jerusalem gets bicyclists in gear for November marathon. 

‘Striking Iran problematic under int’l law’
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Hebrew University’s Yuval Shany weighs in on aspects of conflicts with Egypt, Iran

Haifa man suspected of sexually assaulting boys
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Man arrested for alleged sexual assault of at least seven boys between the ages of 13 and 17. 

Seniors’ rights NGO holds vigil outside PM’s house
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – Ken Lazken vigil seeks to raise awareness of challenges facing elderly; organization says 20% of seniors below poverty line. 

Le Pen defends daughter’s ‘kippa ban’ comments
Jerusalem Post 4 Oct 2012 – French far-rightist says daughter called on Jews to remove yarmulkes in public to make ban on burkas easier to enforce. 

Police: Woman used grenade against ex-girlfriend
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Ex-lover suspected of throwing grenade at home in Holon, none hurt; 26-year-old suspect from Ramat Gan yet to be located; 

NGOs petition to stop Yishai from jailing migrants
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Rights groups say many of those who would be detained under Yishai plan are survivors of genocide, other atrocities. 

Media Comment: A Swiss bribe
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – Some principles of media ethics should seem self-evident, and yet, journalists and their papers find it difficult to uphold them in practice. 

‘Wii Sports helps kids with physical activity level’
Jerusalem Post 3 Oct 2012 – New research shows that the young ones are getting the majority of their exercise from dance video games. 

The Guardian

William Hague intervenes over West Bank barrier
The Guardian 4 Oct 2012 – Foreign secretary shares concern with Archbishop of Westminster in private letter about Israeli-built wall The British foreign secretary and the Archbishop of Westminster have joined forces in opposing the route of Israel’s vast barrier along the…

Palestinian theatre director Zakaria Zubeidi is released on bail
The Guardian 4 Oct 2012 – Co-founder of Jenin’s Freedom Theatre, who faces charges over an attack on the home of Jenin governor Qaddura Musa, has been released on bail following a series of hunger strikes The imprisoned theatre director Zakaria Zubeidi…

Inter Press Service

Turkey Authorises Use of Force in Syria
IPS Turkey’s parliament has authorised cross-border military action against Syria, if deemed necessary by the government. The mandate, valid for one year, was passed by 320 votes in the 550-seat Turkish parliament, the Anatolia news agency reported on Thursday. Besir Atalay, one of Turkey’s deputy prime ministers, said authorising the use…

Europe’s Support Crucial for Ongoing Arab Spring
IPS The Arab Spring is far from over. The protracted conflict in Syria continues to swallow lives while the international community, hamstrung by geopolitics, looks on; riots across the Muslim world following the release of a low-budget American movie that is disrespctful of the Prophet Muhammad resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador…


Video: The Great Extradition Swindle

Hezbollah commander killed while on ‘jihad duties’ in Syria

Nothing More Evil

Netenyahu’s objective is “to deny the Palestinians an independent existence in Palestine”

Meshaal under Syrian and Iranian fire

Omar Khadr is now Canada’s problem, let’s make the right choice

Indian troops treat Kashmiris as sub-human

Libya’s Pro-NATO Coalition Cut Out of Cabinet

Displaced Palestinian Refugees Vent Frustration

Israel’s High Court of Injustice

Daily Star

Egypt frees 2 Coptic boys held for Quran defiling
Daily Star 4 Oct 2012 Egyptian authorities released two Coptic Christian boys taken into in juvenile detention for allegedly urinating on the Quran, but they will remain under investigation, a security official said.

Libyan PM under fire over proposed cabinet
Daily Star 4 Oct 2012 Libya’s elected Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur came under fire on Thursday over his government team, after angry demonstrators barged into parliament in protest at the lineup.

Tunisia president offers ‘state apology’ to rape woman
Daily Star 4 Oct 2012 Marzouki on Thursday offered a state apology to the women allegedly raped by two policemen who is waiting to hear if she will face indecency charges, Marzouki’s office said..

Jordan’s King Abdullah dissolves parliament ahead of elections
Daily Star 4 Oct 2012 Jordan’s King Abdullah on Thursday dissolved the country’s pro-government rubber stamp parliament, a constitutional move to pave the way for elections expected early next year.

Charge or release Syria rights activists: Amnesty
Daily Star 4 Oct 2012 Amnesty International called Thursday on the Syrian authorities either to charge or release two human rights activists detained in Damascus earlier in the week.

Israeli Arab accused of spying for Hezbollah
Daily Star 4 Oct 2012 Israeli authorities indicted an Arab citizen of Israel on charges of spying for Hezbollah, accusing him of gathering intelligence on security for Israel’s president and on army installations.

Israel says Syrian mortar strike was attack on NATO
Daily Star 4 Oct 2012 Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor said on Thursday a deadly Syrian mortar strike on a Turkish town had to be considered an attack on a member of the NATO alliance.

US investigators at attack site in Libya’s Benghazi
Daily Star 4 Oct 2012 A team of US government investigators visited Libya’s second city Benghazi to examine the site where Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in an attack last month.

Turkey steps up Syria strikes, says will defend borders
Daily Star 4 Oct 2012 Turkey stepped up retaliatory artillery strikes on a Syrian border town, killing several Syrian soldiers, while its parliament approved further military action in the event of another spillover of the Syrian conflict.

US adds jihadist Yemeni group to terror list
Daily Star 4 Oct 2012 The US State Department on Thursday added the Yemeni Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia (AAS) to its list of terror organizations, saying it is an offshoot of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula (AQAP).

Obama rallies after debate with spirited Romney
Daily Star 4 Oct 2012 Mitt Romney basked in rave reviews Thursday after his first debate with President Barack Obama, envisioning an inaugural celebration with conservative activists.

Rights groups grill Julio Iglesias on E.Guinea show
Daily Star 4 Oct 2012 Human rights groups are urging Spanish music star Julio Iglesias to distance himself from Equatorial Guinea’s government ahead of a planned concert in the Central African state’s capital next week.

YNet News

Crooks, stay out of politics 
YNet News, 4 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: In Israel, for some reason, criminal record seems to be key to successful political comeback ….

Officials: Barak sought top spot on Likud ticket
YNet News, 4 Oct 2012 – Sources say rift between defense minister, PM stems from Likud’s refusal include him in its list for Knesset ….

Ann Romney to guest host ‘Good Morning America’
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TA: Streets close starting 5:30 am
YNet News, 4 Oct 2012 – ….

Gaza: Tens of thousands gather for Jihad rally
YNet News, 4 Oct 2012 – ….

Tunisia seeks death penalty over anti-US attacks
YNet News, 4 Oct 2012 – ….

Rivlin calls for early elections
YNet News, 4 Oct 2012 – Knesset speaker says economic situation, failure to pass budget make early elections unavoidable; Knesset should be dissolved with start of winter session, he adds ….

Hezbollah’s transformation
YNet News, 4 Oct 2012 – Op-ed: Iranian proxy could once again turn Lebanon into battleground for defense of foreign interests ….

Palestinian hit-and-run driver turns himself in
YNet News, 4 Oct 2012 – Man who injured four soldiers in West Bank says he fled scene because he was frightened ….

Arab-Israeli indicted on espionage charges 
YNet News, 4 Oct 2012 – Investigation suggests 26-year-old truck driver gathered intelligence on IDF bases, and President Peres’ security detail for Hezbollah ….

Experts: Iranian military stuck in the past
YNet News, 4 Oct 2012Iran may be technologically advanced but its military capabilities are so limited it can’t risk war on its own soil, Israeli experts claim ….

Palestinian Information Center

Occupation starts Judaizing names of Jerusalem’s streets
PIC – The Zionist municipality controlling Jerusalem decided to start changing the names of the streets in the occupied holy city to Hebrew names, to tighten the occupation’s grip on the city.

Settlers storm al-Aqsa mosque, IOF arrests 4 worshipers
PIC – Dozens of settlers stormed, on Wednesday morning, courtyards of al-Aqsa Mosque from the Mughrabi Gate accompanied by Israeli soldiers, preventing Palestinian worshipers from entering it.

Arrests in Jenin and Qalqilya, Israeli officer insults the Prophet Muhammad
PIC – In a provocative act, Israeli soldiers have insulted the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in the streets of the village of Barta’a in Jenin behind the apartheid wall.

Meshaal: Hamas doesn’t forget support, but doesn’t compromise the nation’s blood
PIC – Khaled Mashaal said that the movement does not forget who supported and stood by it, “but it cannot compromise the nation’s blood, in reference to Hamas‘s position on the Syrian revolution.

Hamas: PA security services arrest 184 citizens last month
PIC – The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, confirmed the PA security services in the occupied West Bank has stepped up its arrest campaign against supporters and cadres of the movement during September.

Deterioration in MP Sheikh Hassan Yousef’s health
PIC – The MP Sheikh Hasan Yousef, an elected Palestinian Legislator of the Change and Reform Bloc of the Hamas movement, detained since 11 months, is facing a deteriorating health condition.

Israeli occupation release Palestinian MP Ahmad Haj Ali
PIC – The Israeli occupation authority released on Thursday morning the Palestinian lawmaker Ahmad Haj Ali (74 years) from Megiddo prison after a 16-month administrative detention, without charge or trial. 

Sharp deterioration of the prisoner Sharqawi’s health
PIC – The Palestinian prisoner Sharqawi, 23, sentenced to four years in Israeli jails, suffers from sharp deterioration in his health where he has liver and kidney failure. 


Education Ministry, UNESCO Celebrate Teachers’ Day
WAFA – 4 Oct 2012

Fayyad, Jordan’s Prime Minister Sign Trade Agreements
WAFA – 4 Oct 2012

European Union, Palestinian Authority Hold Policy Dialogue
WAFA – 4 Oct 2012

Jordan’s Premier arrives in Ramallah
WAFA – 4 Oct 2012

Newspapers Review: Turkey, Syria Border Clashes Dominate Dailies
WAFA – 4 Oct 2012

PEX Report: Al-Quds Index Up
WAFA – 4 Oct 2012

International Community Must Confront Settlements, says PLO Official
WAFA – 4 Oct 2012

Settlers Break into Al-Aqsa Mosque Yards
WAFA – 4 Oct 2012


Iran police, demonstrators clash in Tehran protests
LA Times 3 Oct 2012 – Hundreds of merchants join in a rally outside a bazaar in Tehran to decry rising prices and the plunging value of Iran‘s currency, the rial. TEHRAN — Iranian police and demonstrators clashed Wednesday during street protests linked to rising prices and the plunging value of…

Syria car bombings kill more than two dozen in Aleppo
LA Times 3 Oct 2012 – Some reports say more than 40 were killed. Near the border, Turkey responded with artillery fire, it says, after Syria shelled a Turkish town, killing five. BEIRUT — A series of car bombs exploded in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo early Wednesday, killing more…

Ma’ariv trustees offer newspaper to employees
Globes Main News – The Shlomo Ben-Tzvi deal is on hold while the trustees look for a buyer who will offer a higher price and keep more employees.

Emoticon co SweetIM seeks $30m buyer
Globes Main News – Perion Networks and Babylon have been approached by the emoticon developer.

Coca-Cola Israel raising prices
Globes Main News – The price hike will not affect Tara Dairy products or beer at this time.

Thu: Tel Aviv 25 up 3.1% on short week
Globes Main News – The market’s rally ran out of steam today, despite strong gains by technology companies Mellanox and EZchip.

Can-Fite begins trading on Wall Street
Globes Main News – Can-Fite American Depository Receipts began trading on the Bulletin Board on Tuesday.

Strauss distributes NIS 140m dividend
Globes Main News – The dividend of NIS 1.318 per share reflects a dividend yield of 3%.

Shades of 1931
Globes Macro Economics – World trade is showing a disastrous pattern last seen 80 years ago, and meanwhile governments are treating the wrong problem.

“When the missiles fall, we’ll be on the ropes” 
Globes Aerospace & Defense – Outgoing IDF Technology Directorate chief Brig.-Gen. Ofer Wolf tells “Globes” that war could leave Israel exposed.

Israeli Palestinian Physics Prize Winners “Disappeared” by Israeli Media
Tikun Olam – Israel’s youth physics competition winners: Tamar Namir,Yuval Katsnelson, May Alon, , Dor Shmuel, Shlomi Shvartzman, Adi Kadar-Levi, , Ran Zitaiat (there are several teachers in this photo) One of the more popular memes Jewish triumphalists use to prove religious-ethnic superiority is how many Nobel Prizes have Jewish names…

Exile and the prophetic: ‘israel’
Mondoweiss – This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The Presidential debate last night was a real yawner.  There has to be a better way if – and this is a…

Israeli celebration of winners at int’l science fair cites ‘Jewish mind’– and leaves out Palestinians!
Mondoweiss – The Coalition Against Racism in Israel has an important  article up in Hebrew. Sol Salbe translation, thanks to Ofer Nieman. “Even when you excel and you are an Arab, you remain invisible. “Israel came first in an international physics competition, and it is trying to reach…

More on the ‘Washington Post’ covering up Arnold & Porter’s foreign agent status
Mondoweiss – One of our sharpest posts last week called out The Washington Post for running an op-ed piece laying the legal basis for an attack on Iran without disclosing to readers that the two authors’ law firm, Arnold & Porter, is a registered foreign agent for Israel…

Was Obama just doing the rope-a-dope last night?
Mondoweiss – The signature moment in the debate last night for me came during a Romney answer, when the camera went to Obama who was staring glumly at the audience, till he saw someone he knew and flashed a big smile. He didn’t want to be there, and…

Gaza– and the failure of American charity
Mondoweiss – Madrid Gaza box From Scott Roth’s twitter feed, a couple weeks back : I took this today at the airport in Madrid. Would you ever see this in an airport in the U.S.? An important question. My fellow Americans, our image is tanking in the world. And…

‘Peace Now’ video against binational state features scary soundtrack: Muslim call to prayer
Mondoweiss – More than a year ago Peace Now in Israel (Shalom Achsav) posted the above video in Hebrew, calling on Israelis to save Israel from “downfall” by giving up the territories and working to establish a Palestinian state– two states for two peoples. The video has lately…

Flotilla Sponsor Tweets that Zionists Helped Perpetrate the Holocaust 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Oct 2012 – The founder of the Free Gaza Movement, which uses flotillas in trying to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, tweeted that Zionists were responsible for the Holocaust, then apologized. Click here for the rest of the article…

Israel Says Syrian Mortar Strike Was Attack on NATO 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Oct 2012 – Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor said on Thursday a deadly Syrian mortar strike on a Turkish town had to be considered an attack on a member of the NATO alliance. Click here for the rest of the article…

US Imposes Sanctions on Lebanese Charities with Hamas Ties 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Oct 2012 – The United States on Thursday imposed financial penalties on two Lebanese charities that fundraise for Hamas, an effort by the Obama administration to disrupt the Islamist group’s activities. Click here for the rest of the article…

Palestinian UN Status Likely Debated in November 
The Foward Breaking News 4 Oct 2012 – The United Nations is likely to hold a debate on whether to upgrade the Palestinians’ U.N. status to a sovereign country in mid-November – after the U.S. election, the president of the 193-member U.N. General Assembly said on Wednesday. Click here for the rest of the…

Egypt: Govt Will Not Send Forces to Syria – FM Says 
allAfrica.com 4 Oct 2012 – [Aswat Masriya]The Egyptian Foreign Minister has denied that Egypt has sent or intends to send forces to Syria.

Tunisia: Foreign Minister Takes Part in Friends of Syria Group Meeting 
allAfrica.com 4 Oct 2012 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem took part in the Friends of Syria group meeting held on Friday in New York, on the sidelines of the United Nations 67th General Assembly, according to a Foreign Ministry communiqué released on Sunday.

Tunisia: UN General Assembly 67th Session – Foreign Minister’s Activities 
allAfrica.com 4 Oct 2012 – [Tunis Afrique Presse]Tunis -“The material and political support provided to the Palestinian Authority and the people of Palestine is insufficient to take up the challenges they are facing,” Foreign Minister Rafik Abdessalem said, on the occasion of his participation, in New York, in works of the…

Nigeria: Detention of Women Pilgrims I 
allAfrica.com 4 Oct 2012 – [Daily Trust]Umma: What do you make of the controversy generated by the detention and subsequent deportation of female pilgrims from Nigeria? Why would anyone treat pilgrims that way when they are supposed to be guests of Allah?

Palestine Solidarity Project 4 Oct 2012 – This is a video from the night raid where the Israeli occupation forces arrested Hamza Ahmed Khalil Abu Hashem(14) . The video shows the violent nature of the Israeli night raids and child arrests.

Norwegian Government to End Tax Deductibles for Funding Israeli Colonies 
Palestine Solidarity Project 4 Oct 2012 – The Norwegian Ministry of Finance has declared that donations to organizations that support Israeli colonies on the West Bank are no longer tax-deductible, in contrast to donations to most organizations. The Norwegian organization “Karmel Instituttet” has given financial support to Israeli colonies like Alonei Shilo, which…

Children and Youth from Beit Ommar Arrested in a Night Raid 
Palestine Solidarity Project 3 Oct 2012 – In the last nine days two sons of Ahmed Abu Hashem, a Popular Committee member in Beit Ommar, have been arrested by Israeli occupation forces. Both arrests happened during night raids. Mohammed Abu Hashem (16) was arrested last week and he is still awaiting his court…

Stop G4S 
Global BDS 4 Oct 2012 – G4S is a British-Danish private security company that provides services and equipment to Israeli prisons, checkpoints, the Apartheid Wall and the Israeli police. In 2007, G4S signed a contract with the Israeli Prison Authority to provide security systems and other services for major Israeli prisons. G4S…

Activists vow to increase protests at Wellness Warehouse after company chooses to continue misleading consumers 
Global BDS 4 Oct 2012 – Open Shuhada Street and the UCT Palestinian Solidarity Forum have vowed to increase their protests at Cape Town’s Wellness Warehouse (Kloof Street branch) and have called on the public to join them on 13 October 2012, from 11:30-13:30. After a successful protest on Saturday 29 September 2012,…

Turkey ‘will not start Syria war’ 
BBC 4 Oct 2012 – Turkey’s prime minister says his country has no intention of starting a war, as the UN condemns Syria for shelling a Turkish town.

Jordan king calls early elections 
BBC 4 Oct 2012 – Jordan’s king dissolves parliament, paving the way for early elections, on the eve of a major rally planned to demand reforms.

Setback for Libya government plan 
BBC 4 Oct 2012 – Libya’s Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abu Shagur suffers a setback after his proposed cabinet fails to win parliamentary approval.

Playing With Fire: Jewish Settlers, Rabbis Break into Al-Aqsa Mosque 
Sabbah report 4 Oct 2012 – By Khalid Amayreh | Sabbah Report : http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=14106 With the so-called “peace process” going nowhere, mainly due to Israeli refusal to give up territories it illegally occupies, and also to US unwillingness and/or inability to pressure Israel do so, the Israeli government continues to make provocations and “create…

Who is the real Romney and was Obama’s mind somewhere else? 
Sabbah report 4 Oct 2012 – by  Alan Hart  |  Sabbah Report : http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=14100 President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney wave to the audience at the start of the presidential debate Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at the University of Denver. View more images here. Photo: Craig F. Walker, The Denver…

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Joins Jury of Russell Tribunal on Palestine 
Sabbah report 4 Oct 2012 – by Haitham Sabbah | Sabbah Report : http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=14086 Roger Waters: “Why I became a juror of the Russell Tribunal” Video link: http://youtu.be/MO_TybZTSLo Roger Waters, founding member of the British rock band Pink Floyd, has announced that he will join Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker , civil rights icon Angela Davis,…

Carter slams U.S. Supreme Court for its endorsement of corruption 
Sabbah report 4 Oct 2012 – by  Alan Hart  |  Sabbah Report : http://sabbah.biz/mt/?p=14077 I have often said and written that in some important respects America is the least democratic country in the world because what passes for democracy there is for sale to the highest bidders (the Zionist lobby being one of…

Impunity is the Keyword in Continued Security Violations 
Al-Akhbar Blogs 4 Oct 2012 – Cairo – A woman goes to the police station to report humiliation and excessive use of force during a security raid on cafés in the Meet Ghamr district. Atef al-Mansy, the man who accompanies her to the station, is beaten up by the police inside. When…

Recent Industrial Measures Won’t Save the Sector 
Al-Akhbar Opinion 4 Oct 2012 – Three, Lebanese industrialists have manufactured 103 new products between 2000 and 2008 (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) Three, Lebanese industrialists have manufactured 103 new products between 2000 and 2008 (Photo: Marwan Tahtah) The government has just launched a series measures to support the industrial sector. These policies are…

Morocco: Using Salafis as Pawns 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Oct 2012 – Moroccan Salafists demonstrate against an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. that mocks the Prophet Mohammad outside a mosque in the impoverished Rahma neighbourhood of Sale, on 21 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Stringer) Moroccan Salafists demonstrate against an anti-Islam film made in the U.S. that…

The Iaat Plant: Polluting Water Not Treating It 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Oct 2012 – It became evident that the contractor put a three inch diameter pipe to suction the untreated water, pouring it in a hole created by the company for some unknown purpose (Photo: Al Akhbar) It became evident that the contractor put a three inch diameter pipe to…

US imposes sanctions on Lebanese charities with alleged Hamas ties 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Oct 2012 – The United States on Thursday imposed financial penalties on two Lebanese charities that fundraise for Hamas, an effort by the Obama administration to disrupt the Islamist group’s activities. The US Treasury added the two Beirut-based charities, Al-Waqfiya and Al-Quds International Foundation, to its list of entities…

Israeli Tourist Buses Invade Bethlehem 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Oct 2012 – Palestinian tourism sector has suffered tremendous losses since the outbreak of the second intifada 12 years ago, forcing many companies to close down or lay off many of their workers (Photo: AlAkhbar) Palestinian tourism sector has suffered tremendous losses since the outbreak of the second intifada…

Canada to Lebanese: No More Free Pass 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Oct 2012 – Her main concern is the future of her children who are already Canadian citizens due to the fact that they were born there. (Photo: Bilal Jawich) Her main concern is the future of her children who are already Canadian citizens due to the fact that they…

Egypt’s Mursi honors Anwar Sadat 
Al-Akhbar News 4 Oct 2012 – Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi laid a wreath at his late predecessor Anwar Sadat’s tomb on the anniversary of the 1973 war against Israel on Thursday, in a rare homage from an Islamist leader. Mursi was accompanied by top military officials for the televised ceremony marking 39…

Yemen: Determined to Self-Determine 
Al-Akhbar Politics 3 Oct 2012 – Boys sit under a sign painted on a wall with the main motto of the Shi’ite rebel al-Houthi group, in Old Sanaa 30 September 2012. (Photo: Reuters – Khaled Abdullah) Boys sit under a sign painted on a wall with the main motto of the Shi’ite…

Displaced Palestinian Refugees Vent Frustration 
Al-Akhbar Politics 3 Oct 2012 – Palestinians hold signs that read in Arabic “UNRWA find us a job” and “we request donor countries to fulfill their commitments to UNRWA” during a protest outside the offices of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Gaza City on September 2012 (photo: AFP -…


Palestine in 2013 without Abbas or Mashaal? 
Daoud Kuttab, Ma’an News Agency 10/4/2012
      The Palestinian leadership seems to be on the verge of change. It is very likely that this will be the last year that Palestine will be led by the PLO’s Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas‘ Khalid Mashaal.
     Abbas announced over a year ago that he does not plan to run for the presidency of the Palestinian Authority once such elections take place. All efforts to organize national reconciliation with Hamas and to resolve the West Bank-Gaza dispute through elections have failed.
     Two weeks ago, in a heated meeting of the Palestinian leadership, Abbas suggested West Bank only presidential elections so that he can be relieved of his position in an orderly manner.
     His suggestion for November elections was turned down and, according to a Gulf-based publication, he asked the Palestinian leadership to nominate someone to replace him within 10 days of his return from New York.
     The Jewish Forward published a similar statement. Jewish leaders who met Abbas were told by the Palestinian leader that he expects to exit the political scene within a few months.
     Friends and colleagues also state that the 77-year-old grandfather wants to spend time with his family. He has Qatari and Jordanian passports in case he chooses to live outside Palestine.
     Mashaal also indicated, publicly and privately, his desire to transfer power to others within the Islamic movement. Mashaal, 56, a Jordanian citizen of Palestinian origin, has seen the weakening of the organization’s external financial and political support, as well as the loss of Hamas‘s headquarters in Syria. more.. e-mail

BDS key to a ‘just peace,’ says Palestinian Christian boycott activist 
Joe Catron, Gaza Strip, Electronic Intifada 10/3/2012
      This summer, headlines about Palestine dominated news from gatherings of Christian churches. North America’s United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and United Church of Canada voted to boycott products from Israeli settlements.
     Meanwhile the Church of England’s General Synod [council] affirmed its support for the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel, which campaigns against settlement goods (“United Methodists call for boycott of products made by Israeli companies operating in occupied Palestinian territories,” Palestinian BDS National Committee, 3 May 2012).
     Church websites and newspaper editorial pages were filled with debates on apartheid and divestment.
     At the center of these efforts lay a document with the full title “A moment of truth: A word of faith, hope, and love from the heart of Palestinian suffering.” Known as the Kairos Palestine Document, this December 2009 appeal from Palestinian Christians asks the world’s churches to use “boycott and disinvestment as tools of non-violence for justice, peace and security for all,” and the international community to begin “a system of economic sanctions and boycott to be applied against Israel.”
     Over three years the document and Kairos Palestine, the organization behind it, have infused church-based activism for Palestine with focus and clarity.
     Answering the BDS call…. more.. e-mail

Empire trapped: US role in a new Middle East 
Ramzy Baroud, Ma’an News Agency 10/3/2012
      Editors representing many Asian newspapers stood in a perfect line. They were nervous and giddy at the prospect of meeting Li Changchun, China’s powerful member of the Communist Party’s Politburo Standing Committee.
     Personally, the Great Hall of the People and the fortitude of Chinese society mesmerized me. Despite its challenges and repeated accusations of corruption and power struggles, China appeared composed while an unwavering forward movement was propelling it. As for the country’s foreign policy, it is governed by a cautious slowly churning agenda, which is unambiguously clear in its long-term objectives.
     On that day, nearly two years ago, we knew that Li was awaiting our arrival, for a solitary old jacket, which bore his name with a sticker fastened on the hanger, hung in a closet in the hallway leading to the room where the meeting took place. Li Changchun spoke frustratingly slow as if he were a Hollywood stereotype of a Chinese emperor.
     Self-assertive and unperturbed by our presence and the many probing questions, Li’s perception of history was much more far-reaching than one expected from the chief of propaganda. Li clearly saw his country’s foreign policy in light of US global military adventures, geopolitical advances and setbacks. No other country seemed to matter. It was a competition and China was determined to win.
     A few months later, upheaval struck the Middle East. Its manifestations – revolutions, civil wars, regional mayhem and conflicts of all sorts – reverberated beyond the Middle East. Shrinking and rising empires alike took notice. Fault lines were quickly determined and exploited and players changed positions or jockeyed for advanced ones, as a new Great Game in the resource and strategic rich region was about to begin. more.. e-mail

Edward Said: A Champion of Justice
Palestine Chronicle: 4 Oct 2012 – By Jamal Kanj Last week was the ninth anniversary of Edward Said’s death. He died in New York following 12-year battle with lymphocytic leukaemia. He was born in Jerusalem 12 years prior to joining hundreds of thousands of his compatriots in a force, lifelong journey into exile or refugee camps. He was a towering figure in American academia and distinguished cultural critic best known for his 1978 book Orientalism. In it, he believed Western perception of the East was based on false colonial, self-serving rationalization to justify imperial domination. According to him: “Western scholars appropriated the task of exploration and interpretation of the Orient’s languages, history and culture for themselves, with the implication that the East was not capable of composing its own narrative.” More than 30 years after its publication, Orientalism continues to dominate academic discourse and Western media bias when covering the East. On the heels of Orientalism,…more

Cynthia McKinney On Leadership
Dissident Voice: 4 Oct 2012 – Those who have followed the Republican campaign for the presidential nomination and current contest between Romney and Obama know that the United States has no political leadership in Washington. Billions of dollars have been spent on political propaganda, but not a single important issue has been addressed. The closest the campaign has come to a political issue is which candidate can grovel the lowest at the feet of Israeli prime minister Netanyahu. Romney won that contest. But for the rest, well, it is like two elementary school children sticking their tongues out at one another. The question of US political leadership has been on my mind for some time. I can remember when political leadership still existed and when bipartisan cooperation could be mustered on enough issues to keep the country and the government functioning. But no more. It might have been Newt Gingrich who, as Speaker of the House,…more

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